06-09-2012, 11:42 PM #1
2012 All Star Game
I think the general consensus is that if Mauer(or somebody else) doesn't get voted in, Josh Willingham will get selected to represent the Twins in the All Star Game, and deservedly so.
However, I think one could make the argument that Scott Diamond could also take that place, assuming we are gonna have just 1 representative. He is 5-1 now with an ERA of just 1.61. His BB/9 is an amazing 0.81. Now I am aware that he only has 7 starts so far this season so for all I know he might not even be eligible, but if Diamond continues to pitch gems(pun intended), then I would have no problem having him represent us in the All Star Game.
Did I get too much sun today or does anybody agree with me?
06-09-2012, 11:56 PM #2
He's been impressive, and if he's able to maintain those numbers over his next few starts, he'd merit some consideration. However I think he got a bit too late of a start, and it will probably be the Hammer.
But it's a good question.
If he's strong for the rest of the season, he should get some love for Rookie of the Year.
06-10-2012, 05:46 AM #3
I said on another thread that Diamond is the one pitcher we have who could be legitimately considered, but Willingham has actually earned his place this year (I think he'll get picked even if by some fluke Mauer gets voted in), and being up here the whole year tips the scales in his direction.
06-10-2012, 08:33 AM #4
I never have a problem seeing guys get into the All Star game or at least being discussed for it, and Diamond has done that. What he has really done is put his name into the AL Rookie of the Year discussion. If it weren't for that Mike Trout guy, I would likely be the favorite.
06-10-2012, 09:16 AM #5
According to AL WAR ranks on fangraphs, Mauer is ranked #1 among catchers and Willingham ranks #6 among outfielders. They both have earned a spot.
06-10-2012, 11:53 AM #6
I'm glad I'm not the only one to think this worthy of discussion. It seems like all it takes is one bad start from him to remove him from the all star talk altogether. If this trend continues however, I would be a little surprised if he didn't make, seeing as Chris Sale leads the AL(among qualifiers) with an ERA of 2.05.
06-10-2012, 12:23 PM #7
I was also just looking at Morneau, and it is surprising what he has been able to do with so few ABs. Obviously, Konerko deserves the vote at 1b, but Morneau is impressively comparable to some of the top 1b in the AL--his HR/AB rate is a ridiculous 15.8
06-10-2012, 01:24 PM #8
An arguement can be had for Mauer, Morneau, Willingham, Capps, Perkins & Diamond.
They will get only 1....Mauer or Willingham.....of course there is a month left.
Diamond would have to duplicate his first 7 starts over his next 7 starts to even get consideration. Most realize that Wins by a pitcher are totally out of his control, so he can still pitch great & not get the Ws & lose ground.
06-10-2012, 08:33 PM #9
06-11-2012, 07:54 AM #10
Last I checked, Mauer is #3 in votes for Catcher. How many catchers do they carry in the all-star game?
I don't think Perkins has been consistent enough to justify a spot, but I wouldn't be surprised if Capps gets the nod.